Recycling metal items from your household is a great way to save energy and help reduce overall waste.
In fact, recycled metal results in the greatest energy savings of any other material. The recycling process compared to the production process of aluminum, tin and steel requires 94 percent, 75 percent and 72 percent less energy, respectively.
Depending on the type of metal you have and the amount you have will determine whether it is best to recycle it from your home or take it to your local scrap yard. Once you know what kind of metal you have, you need to sort and clean it properly.
Here is a How to recycle metal at home
1. Recycle beverage cans.
Usually made of aluminum, soda, beer and other beverage cans that are 100 percent recyclable.
2. Get rid of the metal hanger.
While you can't recycle the metal hangers in your blue trash can, you can take them to your local laundromat, which will likely throw them out of your hands. Ask for a discount or a cash refund for buying metal hangers.
3. Recycle food containers.
Coffee cans, vegetable cans, aluminum foil, and roasting utensils can all be recycled in your blue trash can.
Discard all contents and rinse the container with water before recycling. Also removes food residue and oil.
4. Collect household utensils such as brass and copper.
Keep old furniture such as locks, doorknobs, lights, and debris separate from plumbing, drains, air conditioners, and more.
While brass isn't the highest priced item on the scrap page, returns can quickly add up because of how solid the metal is.
Sorting Your Recycling
1. Use a magnet and see if it sticks.
If the magnet sticks to the metal it is iron, and if the magnet does not contain iron.
Non-ferrous metals include copper, aluminum and brass.
Steel and iron, which are ferrous metals.
Copper, brass, aluminum, stainless steel, and bronze are invaluable for recycling and scrap centers.
2. Check the recycling guidelines and regulations.
Most recycling pick-up companies accept metal, so unless the metal you have is valuable, recycle it in your blue trash can. You can make a lot of money from aluminum, brass, and copper in the scrap yard.
Bronze, cast iron, steel and tin can all be recycled in the blue bin.
3. Clean your metal.
Make sure all metal you recycle is cleaned and cleaned of debris and food particles. Empty the can and remove the label if necessary.
Cleaning will help you earn more money in the trash because they have less effort to do themselves.
Bringing Metal to the Scrap Yard
1. Contact the nearest TPA.
Get a price for the metal you own and ask how much each scrap page is worth. Be specific about the amount of each type of metal you have so you can shop with accuracy.
iScrap is an online application and directory where you can find nearby scrapbook pages and their information.
Some thrift stores offer a pick-up service for an additional fee. First ask how much it costs materials collected and the value of materials.
2. Sort your metal.
Start by separating the ferrous from the non-ferrous metals. Depending on the amount of metal you have, you can also sort stainless steel, copper, aluminum, tin, brass, and bronze.
You can't have any other recycled material with your metal if you turn to a scrap page. Having paper, cardboard, wood, plastic or glass in your pile can cause the entire pile to be rejected.